Basic Spareribs to try new sauce

Discussion in 'Pork' started by disco, Aug 4, 2016.

  1. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    When I see a product I haven't seen before, I am a sucker for trying it. While in a good butcher shop in Penticton, BC, I saw Rufus Teague barbecue sauce. I couldn't resist buying a bottle of Whiskey Maple. I decided to try them on some basic spareribs in my usual method so I could see how the different sauce went.

    I pulled the silverskin off a rack of ribs.

    I used some Louisiana Grills Sweet Rib Rub on both sides of the ribs.

    I put it in the pellet smoker at 230 F using apple pellets.

    I sprayed the ribs with apple juice every hour or so.

    Here I have to confess to stupidity. I like my ribs fall off the bone. She Who Must Be Obeyed likes them chew off the bone. We have compromised and bite off the bone. I find cooking to an internal temperature of 195 to 200 F before brushing with sauce gives me the sweet spot we both like. 

    This cook, I put my Blue Therm Duo probe in and cooked to 195 F. I always double check with my Thermapen in a couple of locations. This time, I didn't double check. I have no idea why, I was just stupid. With moving the ribs around, the probe had levered towards the surface. I didn't use my Thermapen until the end and the internal temperature was only 180 F. I could have cooked longer but the missus prefers ribs with more chew so I just went ahead and brushed the sauce on.

    I smoked for 20 minutes and brushed with sauce again and gave it another 20 minutes in the smoker.

    I pulled the ribs and cut them into sections.

    The Verdict

    She Who Must Be Obeyed said these were perfect. She loved the chewiness and said the sauce was excellent. I found the ribs were too chewy for my taste although they were cooked well and had a nice chew, I like them just a bit more tender. As for the sauce, I really like it. There wasn't so much maple that it overpowered but just had a nice undertaste you could note but still enjoyed the mild spiciness of the sauce. It also had a good acid balance for the sweetness. The spice level was not really hot but gave some tang. All around, this was a successful smoke despite my stupidity.

  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Chewy or not, they sure look good from here!


  3. sota d

    sota d Smoking Fanatic

    Beautiful ribs-looks nice and moist. Great Qview.

    Thanks, David.
  4. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    D, My wife likes fall off the bone and I like chewy, compromise is always in order. Nice looking ribs sir !
  5. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, Al. They tasted great and made the missus happy. 
    Thanks, Sota!
    Thanks, CM. Sadly, compromise around here usually means I do what I'm told.

  6. matchew

    matchew Smoke Blower

    Good looking ribs, Disco! I noticed that same sauce in our local markets here in Southern Maryland. I think I might try it.

    As far as your "situation" with pleasing the misses, it's the exact opposite with us. I like my ribs "bite off" and she fall off. Soooo, guess which way I cook them.......[​IMG]
  7. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks for the kind words! Enjoy those fall of the bone ribs.

  8. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Man those cut shots are awesome! How can one go wrong with a sauce named Rufus!

    Points for the cut ribs nice smoke!
  9. Dang Disco  Those are some of the prettiest Ribs I've seen.  I seen that sauce here for a while, just never tried it

    Points my friend   [​IMG]

  10. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great looking ribs! I got a new sauce to try I picked up some blues hog going to try it on a chuckie and chicken if all goes as planned.:biggrin:
  11. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, Case. However, This reminded the missus of how much she likes chewy ribs. Sigh. The sauce was very good.
    It was good enough I wish I could get more locally. Sadly, I will have to wait for road trips to get more. Thanks, for the point, Gary!
    Thanks. I am interested to hear how the Blues Hog goes!


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